Posts Tagged ‘Israeli Music’

Re-Visioning the Holocaust

November 10, 2009

My cousin sent this video to me a few weeks ago.  It seems appropriate to share tonight, “PogromNacht” – The Night of State-Sponsored, Nationwide Attacks on German Jews – November 11, 1938.  (As Dr. Michael Flamm taught us tonight, the term Kristalnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, is not used in Germany because it is not adequate for describing the wide-ranging attacks carried out by the Nazis and their sympathizers against the Jewish people that night.  Also, the Germans supposedly interpreted the term Kristallnacht to meet their own purposes.  For them, kristal, made reference to the belief that Germany would be cleaner, prettier, and more sparkly, without the Jews around.)


Subj: Holocaust to Modern Music


One of the most challenging questions facing the younger Jewish generation is how to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Not too far in the future, there will no longer be “Holocaust Survivors” alive on earth to tell their stories. It will be left to the next generation to tell the story in their own manner.

Many young Israelis have been experimenting with new, alternative Holocaust memorial services, which to the older generation seem highly non-traditional, and even at times offensive, yet they nevertheless are sincere attempts to keep the memory of the Holocaustalive, and make its message relevant to the younger generation.

This year, Grammy award winning Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Israeli rap/hip-hop star Kobi “Subliminal” Shimoni have co-produced a hip-hop music video expressing their sentiments on the Shoah. It is called “God Almighty When Will it End.” This is link to the video. Before you click and watch, just a few words. Prepare yourselves to see something that is quite non-traditional and that expresses the  Shoah in ways that we have never seen before. I am sure that some of you, at first sight and sound, may even find it disturbing.

You should know, however, that in Israel, this CD/Video was distributed by the thousands to students in schools, by recommendation, approval and blessing of — amongst others Professor Yehuda Bauer ( Israel ‘s leading historian on the Holocaust) and Rabbi Benny Lau (son of Holocaust survivor and former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau).As highly traditional people, they both praised this genuine effort make the message of the Holocaust relevant to a disconnected younger generation. In one way or the other, may the memory of the Six Million always remain alive in our hearts and souls,


Rabbi Daniel Bouskil  Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel